Inspirational Quotes for May!

Inspirational quotes

Life is really different today than it was a year ago. Just this year, I and my family have went through some difficult times – one of them being losing my 3-month old niece to Cardiac Arrest. She was born with Congenital Heart Disease but we still had hopes to see that little girl grow up. She left us on 12th April and life has changed forever. Ironically, time has not stopped for us. We need to get up, force ourselves to eat and work to function properly according to the rules of the society. Right now inspiration is hard to come by. But I know with time our hearts will heal. So for this month, I am sharing a few quotes that I really like. Some of these are famous but some are hidden gems that I have found recently. Hope you enjoy reading them!

Inspirational quotes

Inspirational Quotes

If you are good by nature but people around you do not find you good, then that means that you are not expressing yourself correctly; you have not been able to fully express yourself the way you truly are.
~ H.H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar (Art of Living)

 

Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.
~ Anthony J. D’Angelo

 

To look backward for a while is to refresh the eye, to restore it, and to render it the more fit for its prime function of looking forward.
~ Margaret Fairless Barber

 

If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?
~ John Wooden

 

Nothing will work unless you do.
~ Maya Angelou

 

When people do not respect us we are sharply offended; yet in his private heart no man much respects himself.
~ Mark Twain

 

One of the hardest lessons in life is letting go whether it’s guilt, anger, love, loss or betrayal. Change is never easy. We fight to hold on and we fight to let go.
~ Gautama Buddha

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ASUS Zenfone 2 ZE551ML – The Phone We’ve Been Dreaming of!

asus zenphone 2

ASUS have released yet another gen in their Zenfone range of smartphones – the ASUS Zenfone 2. This one is the ZE551ML and hit the Indian market recently. Everyone has been going ga-ga over its features and the affordable price tag so I had to look into the matter. And I must say, it is the smartphone we all have been dreaming of!

asus zenphone 2

ASUS Zenphone2

Key physical features of ASUS Zenfone 2

The Zenfone2 has some peculiar physical features that distinguish it from the rest in its category:

1. ASUS Zenfone 2 has a 5.5 inch LED back-lit IPS 1920 X 1080 with Gorilla Glass 3 and Anti-fingerprint coating. It has 72% screen-to-body ratio and weighs 170 g.

2. The 13 Mega Pixel rear camera and 5 Mega Pixel front camera make Zenfone2 one of the best smartphones for photos and video recording for phoneography junkies like me. The rear camera is perfect for shooting 1080 full HD videos!

3. Zenfone 2 comes with Dual SIM Dual Active Technology. This is one of my favorite features since it lets you use both the SIM and data services simultaneously!

4. The ergonomic arc design of this smartphone with 3.9 mm thin edges and volume control at the back of the body gives it a premium look!

5. It comes in 5 colors – Glacier Gray, Osmium Black, Glamour Gold, Ceramic White, Sheer Gold.

Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML features

Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML

Key technical features of ASUS Zenfone 2

1. ASUS Zenfone 2 is the first smartphone is the world with 4 GB RAM with 32 GB internal expandable memory and comes with the latest version of Android – Lollipop!

2. It is loaded with latest technology – Intel Quad Core 64-bit Atom Processor, Micro SD support upto 64 GB, mirco USB port, 4.0 LE Bluetooth and LTE Cat 4 connectivity.

3. ZenMotion is one of interaction methods available that make Zenfone 2 an authentic smartphone. Just do the Touch Gesture (C – Camera, W – Browser, O – Calender, e – Email, Z – Asus Booster, V – Dialer, Tap Tap to wake phone) and your phone obeys your command.

It is a smart smartphone!

4. ZenUI is fully customizable so you have an option make it your own – Set individual password to Lock Apps and protect your data, categorize apps in groups, use folders to store your apps and data, change the icons of an app to fit with your style!

5. With all these included, the Zenfone 2 ZE551ML comes with a 3000 mAh Lithium-Polymer battery which is fabulous. The ASUS Boost master technology (in Zenfone2) makes the phone charge faster than traditional charging speed. So the battery gets charged up to 60% in just 40 minutes!

With so many features and the cutting-edge ASUS technolody, Zenfone 2 is a bargain at 20000 INR. Buy your own ASUS Zenfone 2 at Flipkart!

Outwitting the Devil by Napolean Hill – Book Review

One of the most popular self-help book of all time – Think and Grow Rich – took the world by storm and even decades after its publication, it is increasing in popularity still. I came across this gem by Napolean Hill back in 2004. It was one of the 10 most recommended books at the library I had joined. I borrowed it on my first day itself. I read the whole book in three days rarely pausing to ponder about the meaning. I returned it to finally start borrowing the fiction books I had joined the library for!

Fast forward to 2011 when I read The Secret and came across the Law of Attraction. After reading that book, I realized that Think and Grow Rich had said something like that but in a different way and with far more information. So this time I bought the book and took a lot of time to think and reflect on everything I read. Naploean Hill became my hero!

I started searching for more books from him and came across a handful of his books some of which were released posthumously. One of them being – Outwitting the Devil.

Outwitting the Devil - Napolean Hill  Sharon Lechter book review

Outwitting the Devil – Napolean Hill, Sharon Lechter

I ordered the book and was super excited to read it. It had a different style and a wonderful concept. The book was a dialog between Napolean and the Devil. This manuscript of this book had been hidden since 1938 because it dealt controversial subject at the time.

The world was different and so were the values of the time but the knowledge and tips given in this book are timeless. Sharon Lechter’s notes and annotations make it easy for us (today’s generation) to connect with the book.

Book: Outwitting the Devil
Author: Napolean Hill (Annotated by Sharon Lechter)
Pages: 250+
Price: 350 INR

I think my expectations from this book were too high so I felt let down by the time I finished reading it. But the truth written in this book can be useful to the youth of today. I like a particular writing style so this book did not affect me as deeply as Think and Grow Rich. The gems of knowledge are distributed well in this book as Napolean Hill has talked to the devil and had him reveal how he manipulates us and makes us settle for less than our potential in lives!

I could not harness the full potential of the book due to my limited receptivity to the writing style used in this book but this book cane prove to be a wonderful tool for countless people especially the ones who love reading plays.

The Hero by Rhonda Byrne – Book Review

rhonda byrne book review

When the book “The Secret” came into my life, I was at low point in my life. I had not been into Inspirational books as much and was into novels – the stories intrigued me and I had no intention of learning life’s lessons from the books. At the time, I thought, they were meant for entertainment and the self-help ones for losers (I apologize for my ignorant judgement of the past).

I was so wrong.

I have already written extensively about this point in my life so I will jump into the fact that I picked up this book after recommendation from one of my favorite Youtuber at the time. I was so in need of a ray of hope that I was willing to do anything – thankfully buying the book did it for me.

The Secret introduced me to the concept of the “Law of Attraction”. I had read about the law in my science books but had never realized how it existed in everything around us. I tried some techniques and it worked for me. It gave me hope, inspiration and also the confidence to move forward in life. I soon discovered the world of non-fiction books and realized that The Secret only touched the tip of the iceberg. My love affair with non-fiction has been strong ever since.

So even though I moved past The Secret, I regarded it as the book that brought me the first ray of hope. Conseuqently, I waited for the more books in this series by Rhonda Byrne. First came The Power, then The Magic and then the lastest addition to this series – The Hero.

While I loved The Power, The Magic did not capture my attention as much. And when I finally grabbed The Hero, I was disappointed.

rhonda byrne book review

The Hero – Rhonda Byrne

I had heard that this book featured the rags to riches stories of some successful people I knew about but when I grabbed it, the presentation of the information did not impress me. I had to force myself to finish this book. And even though I love reading new thought books, I felt that this book added little to what has already been said in the first 3 books by the author.

Book: The Hero
Author: Rhonda Byrne
Pages: 225+
Price: 699 INR

Books by Rhonda Byrne:

  • The Secret
  • The Power
  • The Magic
  • The Hero

I picked up this book because I believed that it would have something important to say. Even the back of the book says that this book will remind us of what we are here (Planet Earth) for and the journey we will need to take. I know the answers to some questions I have been asking in life but this book did nothing to help me reach there!

I would not recommend this book, especially to someone just getting started with the New Thought books. The Secret and The Power are better choices from the author Rhonda Byrne.

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin – Review

non fiction bestseller book

I was in South Korea when I came across this book. It was my first visit to Seoul, I ended up going thrice, and I had been searching for English bookstores there. Just before leaving Korea, I came across a store – What The Book – in Itaewon. I went in and was relieved to find aisles and aisles of used and new English books. I picked up “The Happiness project” just because the title sounded really good to me. After reading a short description at the book, I knew I had to get it. And I never regretted it!

non fiction bestseller book

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

The Happiness Project is a book by the author Gretchen Rubin in which she explores what happiness means. She had an epiphany on a bus ride where the thought – The days are long, but the years are short – occurred to her. She felt that she was not focusing enough on important things in life. So she decided to start a year long Happiness Project. This book is all about this experiment.

Book: The Happiness Project
Author: Gretchen Rubin
Pages: 300+
Price: 205 INR

I loved how honest the author was about her attitude in life at all times – before the project, during the project and afterwards. I also loved how realistic and relate-able her approach was towards happiness. Of course happiness can mean different things to different people but I loved applying some of her ideas to improve my own happiness levels in life.

I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to improve happiness in their lives and also as a feel good factor!

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